Originally Posted by wdbtchr
Another advantage for outdoor welding is that the wind won't carry the shielding gas away. I used to have to build little portable shelters around my projects until going with flux core. PITA as far as setup time.
A very good point. In high wind situations the gas can be blown away from the arc making for some REALLY ugly welds.
And if you want to see ugly, forget to turn on the argon when doing a TIG weld. This past weekend I was building a bike carrier and did just that. Wow! Ugly black slag appeared even before I got the rod in the puddle. Yuck! Won't do that again