Brings back memories of my first attempt at stick welding steel after tigging AL a few years. First migs weren't pretty at all either. Figured out in a hurry Steel and AL aren't the same animals. Didn't take 20 years to get that bad. First mig looked like caterpillars laying on the steel. Got lots better but not the best there is. Was asked the difference between stick and mig once and I replied mig rods are longer.