Thanks for all the replies, I appreciate it. I'm not ready to buy a high end oven, so I went shopping to the local appliance stores (Lowe's, Home Depot, PC Richard's, Sears)
I ordered this
GE gas convection oven from Sears.
Since I haven't shopped for ovens in over 10 years, I noticed some trends that I don't like.
All the ovens have digital controls (no more knobs to adjust the temperature). Consequently, you don't see the maximum temperature the knob can be turned to.
When I asked the salesman what the maximum temperature of the oven was, he didn't know.
If you read the manual, it says the oven/broiler burner is rated at 16,000/13,500 BTUs, but nowhere could I find the maximum temperature.
I compared my oven to the top of the line GE gas oven and the ratings were the same.
All of the convection ovens had digital controls. If I wanted knobs, I had to settle for a lower end oven.
I compared the specs with Jackitup's oven and they are the same. Since he said his oven reached 550F, mine should too (I hope).
FYI, if your power goes out, you can light your gas range burners with a match. However, your oven/broiler will not. That is because modern oven/broilers use electrical ignitors (no more pilot lights). These ignitors are in series with the gas safety valve. If no electrical current is flowing through the ignitor and into the gas safety valve, the valve will not open. This prevents your house from filling up with gas if the ignitor doesn't work. Unfortunately, this also prevents you from lighting the oven/broiler if your power goes out.
If I remember, I'll let everyone know how this oven works when I get it in 10 days.
I'm thinking about how I will use the convection feature with my soapstone. Any advice?
In the past I tried putting my soapstone very low in the oven so it was as close as possible to the oven burner.
This got the stone very hot, but at the same time the top of the pizza wasn't cooking.
Do you think this problem will be solved with the convection fan on?
Any advice using a convection oven would be appreciated.