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6011 Welding Rod: Amperage and Other Key Details

The 6011 welding rod is a cousin to the 6010 welding rod. It shares most of the same mechanical properties as its cousin. However, the 6011 welding rod operates on AC/DC power.

This particular type of welding rod has excellent functionality as an all-purpose tool for a welder. It is specifically helpful in repairs and fabrication. Fabrication is essentially the creation of a usable product out of your base metal.

So what are some benefits and drawbacks of using the 6011 welding rod in your project? Well, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons below that should help you contextualize any job:



Superior versatility: good for all types of jobs in any welding position

Leave a rough ripple, which is not good for aesthetic considerations, meaning the final product will be less aesthetically pleasing than those fabricated with, say, a 7018 rod.

High penetration capacity because of the high-cellulose potassium flux

Because of their capacity for deep penetration, you can’t really use them on thin metals like sheet metal.

Effective on more used equipment, such as greasy, dirty, or rusty materials

They are challenging to operate and, therefore, less suited to beginner welders.

Superior weld fusion and quick puddle drying


Produce less slag


Runs on any polarity


Easy to store


6011 Welding Rod Amperage Settings

The different rod sizes correspond to different 6011 welding rod amperage settings. See this table below:

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So the next logical question is, how should you adjust amps based on the welding position?

For the flat position, you should use a ⅛-inch or shorter 6011 welding rod with a middle- to high-range amperage.

For the vertical position, your best bet will be a smaller-size 6011 welding rod with a low amperage current.

In both overhead welding and horizontal welding, use any electrode that’s 3/16-inch or smaller.

How can a welder maintain a steady amperage current for a consistent and polished work product during the welding process?

The trick is to adjust your welding machine by between 5 and 10 amps at a time until you reach your ideal amperage setting.

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Techniques for Using the 6011 Welding Rod

You’ll need to use many proper techniques when using your 6011 welding rod.

The first one is to ensure you’re propped properly so you can use both hands at your worksite. Using ambidexterity will ensure a smoother weld and a better finished product.

You’ll also need to use the pause-and-whip technique, which is basically one step forward, one mini step back. Doing this lets you control the rod’s penetration depth and the speed at which the metal puddle will cool. Small motions are key, and the devil’s in the details.

It’s also essential to use the latest welding equipment. The most modern models come with dig/drive settings. The proper dig setting will eliminate shorts and electrodes sticking to the weld pool, two common problems when metal stick welding.

Lastly, you’ll want to avoid cracking. You can do this by making multiple passes over wide joints instead of just doing one pass over a large weld surface area.

Rusted square weld on metal pipe

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of welding can the 6011 welding rod be used for?

The great thing about this type of welding rod is its superior versatility. It can help you tackle any job, except sheet metal because it will burn holes into it.

What materials are compatible with the 6011 welding rod?

The 6011 welding rod can be used in virtually any home or garage job as an all-purpose welding electrode. The materials for these jobs with which it’s compatible include painted, galvanized steel, and dirty/greasy surfaces.

How does the 6011 welding rod compare to other types of welding rods?

Well, there are dozens of different types of welding rods, each with various sizes. To make an exhaustive comparison would take some time, but we’ve found a compact comparison chart here:

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