Thanks! Right now the element is approximately 2" above the pie, measured from the floor to the tangent of the element wire. The element is a custom 2000W number from china. The 9'o clock position being darker is a by product of the rev 1 oven. Right now my door is not insulated, so the front of the oven is substantially cooler than the rear. This pizza was cooked without rotating which lead to the one side being darker. Rev 2 of the oven will be fully insulated which should eliminate the uneven heat. Additionally, I just picked up some whitacre-greer fire bricks to swap my current cordierite stone with to make it easier to manage top and bottom balance. Right now it takes some tricks to keep the balance in check due to the high conductivity of cordierite.