I added a few firebrick to the sides of my oven and then added the baking stone and also had a baking stone on top.(Gee we'll do anything for cutting edge bread )
I did get my dough too dry because I kneaded for once and I incorporated a little too much flour. So that is why the tearing of the crust.
Here is the first loaf out, and it didn't tear as much as the later two, that is why I feel it was a dough issue and not underproofing:
Here is the crumb of the first loaf:
I wrote it all up on my blog at:
The recipe for the bread is down a bit on the blog page, it is called Coastal Loaf.