If the welder says anything about drilling a hole in your stove to fix it, do not be alarmed.
Drilling a hole at the end of the crack will stop it from cracking farther while welding and will be the last part to be filled.
I'm not sure the 1/.1/.001/10% can control you unless you let them. There are many who have worked out how to control themselves, either through earning enough to drop out or earning so little that dropping out was a natural result. One way uses the system as built, the other ignores the system entirely. The trick is not to get caught in the middle. Many people cannot imagine anything other than working for their entire life.
A few random thoughts....not recommending any of this....
Not the most pleasant thing perhaps, but depending on where you live and what the local wildlife and road conditions are, would road-kill be viable? Around here I could gather enough for a whole pack of dogs all year long. Little to no cash input (gas?) and very little time involved. I'd check the laws first and probably plan to cook anything gathered to be on the safe side.
Another source might be any commercial chicken/turkey/hog farms near by. They all have animals die every day that have to be disposed of (bury, compost, burn), maybe you could collect them for the dogs. A lot of them have reduced/eliminated the hormones and meds of the past, but I'd still ask if going this route.
The University of Tennessee Extension maintains a collection of over 300 building and equipment plans, and all are now available in electronic format for download. The plans are primarily intended for use in Tennessee, but many are appropriate for other locations as well.
In the description on YouTube it has a limited slip diff. and an upgraded motor and controller. It also appears to have a lift kit of some kind and atv tires. Not sure what else they may have done.
It's kinda like having a 500 hp, 5000 lb., diesel monster getting out done by an 80 hp 4 banger willy's WWII jeep. Sometimes you can have so much power all you can do is spin your wheels. The driver of the smaller, lighter, less powerful machine will be forced to be efficient with what it's got in order to get through. Just my experience from having one of those WWII willy's.
There have been people/companies doing the spring over/ atv tire conversions for quite a few years. They seem to give a stock golf cart the "something extra" that they lack. I like how this video compares a modified golf cart and a 4wd bad boy.
I'm willing to give a little slack to health care workers (but only a little). What really gets me is when I go to purchase something (with cash), and they ask for my zip code or even my phone number. I know it's for "market research", so I am an unpaid guinea pig. The exchange usually goes like this: "your zip code?" ........"3"........(look of confusion)....."I'll just put in the store's"......."that's good"...
Our winters aren't nearly as cold as yours so not sure if this will work, but around here people bore a hole well below frost depth and place the tank over it to seal the air in. The air will be warmed to ground temp, rise to the bottom of the tank, and when cooled, fall back to the bottom to pick up more heat. Kind'a like a closed loop heat siphon of sorts. The tank needs to be insulated and the opening for the animals to drink from needs to be as small as possible. Maybe 2 holes under the tank if oval? Let us know if you try this, no matter the outcome someone might find it useful.
since you are going to cob over the sides could you treat the smaller rounds like cord wood? Also, is there an easy way to cut the 4' length in half? Then you would have a 2' thick, relatively flat wall.
The few times I've made mead, I used plain old bread yeast. From what I've read it gives a high alcohol yield (10%+) yet is still sweet. I add fruit after the fermentation, some add it before. Whatever you like works...
Just make sure you keep it covered to stop any aerobic action from spoiling it.
I've been getting prescription glasses online for about 8 years now, mainly because I'm cheap (think $20-40 for line bifocals), but they do give you the exact size and weight of the frames and have a much larger selection than the local places.
If you're OK with it, I can post or message you with the website I use and am very pleased with.