Based on your needs and experience I would go stick. Wire feeds are nice, but if your comfortable with stick just stay with it, its cheap easy and versatile. Welding 3/16 or 1/4 plate will require multiple passes with a wire feed unless you have a large one with a high duty cycle. I would definitely look at the duty cycle. I have a 120v lincoln mig that is great but with a 10% duty cycle it needs alot of breaks on anything more than sheet metal. I don't stick weld much, I prefer mig or tig BUT when welding outside, or on a rusty trailer, or on cast iron, or thick plate stick is the way to go. Stick welders dont sell for much, I would recommed watching for one and if its a 4hr drive just spend a day and go get it. If you buy good equipment you pay for it once, if you buy junk you pay for it every time you use it.