Great job Matt.
I think I've asked you this before on another channel, but what temp do you preheat your oven and for how long?
Also...approx. how long do you bake the pie? Do you put the pizza on the bottom rack of oven, on a screen first screen, then stone?
My apologies if you asked me before and I didn't respond. I preheat my oven to 550 (although I don't have an oven thermometer, so I've never determined if the oven actually gets up to 550). I preheat for one hour from the time the oven actually gets to 550. It usually takes about 25 minutes for my oven to get up to that temp.
I bake the pie for approximately 8 minutes. I start with the pizza on a 16" screen in the upper half of the oven until the cheese just begins to bubble (which is usually about 4 minutes into cooking). Then, I rotate the pizza 180 degrees (to promote even cooking) and slide it off the screen onto the stone, which is on the bottom most rack of the oven. When the bottom of the pizza is done to my liking (usually after about 3-4 minutes), I turn on the broiler and move the pizza back up to the upper rack for another minute or so, or until the rim is nicely browned and the cheese is nicely melted.
I have to say, tonight was the first time I really nailed my process. Now I want to start getting more creative with toppings.
No apologies required Matt.
I actually tried going direct to the stone on the bottom of my gas fired oven @ 550F (pre-heated for 60min) and got the slightly charred bottom that you've shown. See the following photos. I was going on the screen on the top first as you've done but the pie tended to stick the screen.
Overall this pie was my best to date.
I need to repeat the results to feel really good about it, but I'm happy with the progress.