What techniques and gear do y'all use to generate steam in your oven?
Here are mine:
A crummy old brownie pan that I punched 5 holes in the bottom of...
which I place below my baking stone for preheating. When I put my bread in the oven I pour a cup of hot water in the pan, some of which evaporates immediately and some of which drips onto the bottom of the oven and evaporates there.
a 1 dollar laundry squirt bottle which I use to squirt the door and walls of the oven with water (careful to avoid the light bulb, which I have blown up more than once).
I hear an iron skillet works better to evaporate water quickly than a brownie pan, but I'm also quite certain that that is a quick way to ruin a skillet for any other purpose. As I have only one skillet I am sticking with my brownie pan until I find another one at a garage sale or thrift shop.
Does anyone else have any good tricks?