Those nice blokes from Saint-Aignan (aka Ken and Walt) came down to visit Nick and Jean the other day. On their way home they stopped off briefly at our place and gave us a large pizza stone for the oven. They said it was too big for their oven and had been in storage ever since they moved to France.
I tested it the very next day after it arrived. I had some homemade pizza dough in the freezer which I thawed out in the fridge overnight. I hadn't liked to get it out prior to the stone's arrival because I thought that would be tempting fate. What if it didn't fit!
The stone went on the middle shelf and I turned the temperature up to thermonuclear. Such a big oven takes a long time to heat up and I think the stone slows the process down. It was a good half hour before it got over 200C and I wanted at least 230C.
Thank you Ken and Walt for a really generous and thoughtful gift. I'll take good care of it and use it often.