Well, I always thought all the talk of burping and flashing was more funny than serious. Not any more...
Tried out the Baking Steel on a couple pizzas for the first time last night. All in all I'd say good, but not great (won't be buying that particular dough again).
A couple of notes that I wanted to discuss:
A 21" Baking steel is giant, and heavy. I have no idea where I'm going to store that thing. I tried to have it scaled back to 18" after rethinking, but no dice. Barely fits on top of the AR in my XL. May have to rethink my setup.
Going nuclear to get that giant hunk of steel up to temp means you can/will get flashbacks. I got a little one (first time ever) that took the hair off my knuckles and thought "Whoa, so that's what I've heard about". Proceeded to pop the lid open and was damn near engulfed in flames. Singed most the hair off my right arm and about half the length of my eyelashes on my right eye! Could have been really bad, but now it just seems funny.
I have some pics to share when I get home from work, but just wanted to post this while I was chuckling about the hot pepper thread this morning. Always more to learn on this thread, and you guys make that fun and interesting, maybe I can be a cautionary tale too...
Badger at heart, living in SoCal