First the 3/8 inch plate and the second is a 1 inch plate. In cases such as these, inverters with arc force control help prevent the rod from sticking. What i said was due to not knowing the op’s intentions. The primary culprit of poor electrode performance is moisture.
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Smaw vertical down penetration. Sheet metals and with a sq. Rutile electrodes (exx12, exx13, exx14, and exx24) should be stored at 100 to 150 degrees f. 1000 s is a medium thick coated electrode suitable for general construction and offers a very smooth seam surface. I did not need to do this, but why take a chance! here is the root weld ground down. Easy slag removal and the electrodes can be bent very well to improve accessibility to hard to reach places.
Getting the travel speed right will just take time and practice. Of course you have to provide a root gap (where required) depending upon the size of the electrode and travel speed.