I often use a clay pot to bake my sourdough loaves and as per the instruction I soak the clay pot and lid and put into a cold oven and preheat to 240 C degrees. By the time the oven has come up to temperature I'm sure the soaked clay pot has well and truly evaporated. I then dangerously move my proofed loaf into the hot pot and bake.
So am I wasting my time soaking the pot... or is there still some benefit, or even necessity for soaking the clay pot?
For those that use clay pots what do you do?