Was your deflector plate metallic?
Deflector plate - use a fire-friendly ceramic/fireplace brick/pizza stone; not metallic.
Place the drip pan on the (stone) deflector plate... retains the mess and eliminates flare-ups.
Bacon should be capitalized as a pronoun for pork!
A BBQ Servant; cooking for the Troops, Churches, and Charity
Operation BBQ Relief founding member
Lang 84 Deluxe Kitchen known as "The Glamazon"
Custom Klose Backyard Chef... of Snot, 22.5 WSM
Lang 60 Mobile - The Damsel II, Lang 48 Patio - The Damsel, and Bubba Keg Grill - RIP