Hey bro, can you give a little more info? What are you welding, what size rod and type. I.E. 7018, 6011 etc. You did say your stick welding right? Are your rods dry and your ground is solid for every weld? One more question, why aren't you mig welding it. Don't get me wrong I love stick welding, but some times mig welding is just more practical on a project.
Good luck on your project What are you building anyway?