Looking for a cloche cover for 15x20 baking stone
Awesome forum, and thanks for sharing the ideas and organizing the information. Bit about myself: I started baking half a year ago inspired by Peter Reinhart's lecture and poor availability of real deal whole rye breads around here. Read various web sites and the books on the topic (all the usual suspects). I've been baking 3x 400gr loaves together every 3-rd day or so, and recently got to the point where I really like the results.
That said, the quest for perfection is never complete, and now I'm looking for better steaming solution than spraying lava rocks. The lava rock actually works very well, but it's not as classy, and I keep worrying about the tempered glass, which I had already replaced due to cracks. The towel trick helps, but I have the sinking feeling on every splash. So now I'm looking into some kind of cover that would sit on the 15x20" stone, and allow 3 large loaves to raise inside under their own moisture. Ideal piece would be 15x20x10" rectangular pyrex piece, but it's just a dream. So, questions:
- Has anyone fabricated their own large cloche solution that they are happy with? Please share the details. I'm wondering about materials, and possible solutions for a peek-through window.
- Is it really critical to have heat-retaining walls? I already have the stone to retain the heat. If the heat retaining property is not so critical, I can fabricate something from heavy gauge aluminum foil. Is aluminum going to interfere with bread flavor? Or perhaps, the steam will damage the aluminum too much?