I've recently decided to learn to mig weld. I started out by doing a lot of reading here as well as over on the Weld Talk forums on Hobart's site. I decided to go with a HH187 and it is supposed to arrive in a few days. I'm trying to get everything else I'll need ready for when it arrives.

One tip I read was to get some 16 guage CRS cut to 2"x4" 'coupons' to practice on. My question is where would I get these coupons? Would the average steel supplier in the yellow pages be able to easily cut these for me? How much should I expect to pay? I assume I'll have to buy a sheet and have them cut it.

I usually like to walk into places and talk face to face with the people there, but most places seem to operate on a 9-5 schedule that interferes with my own full time job. Because I can't walk in I'll have to call around and I'd like to have some idea of what I'm talking about before I do that. Is the term 'coupons' something that most places would understand or was that just a word made up by the poster of the comment I read in some thread.

Can anyone offer any low cost solutions to getting material to practice with?