i have already tried the cleaning cycle thing. it did pretty well, which is why i'm trying to get my oven to higher temps. the results of making pizza at a high temp, say around 700-800 degrees is night and day compared to 550.
well, my self-clean goes well above 1000 degrees also, which quickly chars the bottom due to the stone being way too hot. and foil won't insulate the stone that well.
anyway, the self-clean thing doesn't work all that well due to the fact that the radiant temp is hard to control as is the temp of the pizza stone. i've been back and forth with varasano (another member) on this. he uses foil to cover his stone and removes it at the last minute. it works pretty well, but lately i've not been able to regulate it properly. (the first couple times i got lucky).
what i really want is the constant heat (well, almost constant) that a thermostat brings to an oven. the regulation of the temperature. i want to be able to set the thing for like 800 degrees and walk away for 15 minutes, come back, and voila, 800 degrees radient temp and stone temp.
this is why i'm trying to figure out how to either trick the thermostat or the electronics into thinking the temp is cooler than it is.
thanks for your comments.
btw, i did break my oven glass with a drop of water off my hands. ALWAYS COVER YOUR GLASS WITH FOIL - LOOSELY.