Yes, the stone should be brought up to temp, otherwise you'll have uncooked pizza in the middle, or more likely, a broken stone going from room temp to 600* in a few seconds.
Not sure about the kettle, never used that. Without a diffuser like the plate setter, direct heat might be too much on the stone. Might. I just don't know.
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