my 110v mig is a clarke.it served me very well for almost 20 years.
at work,i have mig and stick,i forced myself to stick weld for almost a year,i didnt refill the gas so all i had was stick.
i now arc weld much better now.
i have a small 220 volt i use on service calls,with a generator.its a nuisance,but i get the job done.
i find the 6013 rods the most user friendly,purchased from praxair.i believe they are compareable to esab,a very good quality manufacturer.
work with small rods,and run on the lowest amperage you can.
you can build up the heat by making slow passes.
if you wanna get fancy http://www.zena.net/htdocs/welders/R...cialRods.shtml
some welding rods to consider.