Forget about what happens after you launch, it's not really something I'm questioning. This is the $66,000 question, and yes I know I need an IR!:
So what's the point? Well if the lower oven stabilized around 575* and the upper at 535*, what would my steel plate be?
My data is my data, this is my oven at equilibrium. So what would the steel plate temperature be? Will it be the temperature I set my oven to? I don't think so and I attribute this to the oven being gas.
Scott, have you ground your teeth away yet?
Why do I even care? Like you say the starting temperature is the starting temperature, who cares how you got there.
If I'm bringing my steel plate to a friends house and they have an electric oven, I want to know for a fact that it will perform exactly as a gas oven. Additionally with all the great advice on this board, I'd want to know for a fact that using a steel plate in a gas oven is the same as an electric.
I've had some serious burning after 3 minutes with my oven at 540, and it's quite possible that my steel plate was actually at 575* after learning the results of my temp test yesterday.