Originally Posted by Roll_Bones
Why ice? Wouldn't hot water work better? To make steam almost immediately is what I mean.
And if I used regular yeast, I would have to dissolve it in warm water first?
Boiling water will create steam before ice cubes will.
I think ice cubes are often used because most people preheat their "steam pan" (like a cast iron skillet) while they are preheating their oven and its a bit easier to toss in ice cubes than monkey with hot water.
Also ice will bring the oven temp down more than hot water.
Be very careful about using stem in an electric oven. It can wreck the electronics.