Har, Kevin. You are right. There is an upside to everything.
Yes to the stone, no to the baskets. I use a stone or a heavy dutch oven to make some of my sourdough loaves.
Thanks. I have a few loaves I make I like. I do my sour sourdough loaf in a boule shape but use a covered Dutch oven for the beginning. The lid stays on for the beginning and holds some moisture in. I have also made French Loaves in an unglazed clay pot. A nice crust with a very nice interior.
So many loaves, so little time.