Gobs of steam
I have been fighting the steam battle and buying new heating eliments ever since I started baking bread. I'm betting someone thought of this before me, but I feel like Alexander Graham Bell right now. I was nosing around in my (couldn't live without it but never used it) cupboard and had one of those ah ha moments. Sitting there on the shelf was a "Handheld Electric Portable Steamer" the kind they con you into buying so that you will have the most sanitary bathroom in town. I filled it up, plugged it in on the counter next to the stove and preheated my oven. Popped in the bread and hit it with the steam, lots and lots of steam, only had to open the oven door the slightest bit as the end of the nozzle is small. I am soooooo happy.