I had one more dough ball so I tried this again yesterday for lunch. I took the advice above and docked the rim, cooked at 475, no par bake. I made some sausage this time and pre cooked that a little. not sure if that's necessary with the bake times here. this one cooked for about 12 min, no fan.
thanks for the help. I learned something trying something totally different. now I'm ready for a little warm up so I can go back to cooking with fire!