I've bbq'd a long time but just got into the ceramic thing. I don't have a plate setter. Cooked my first ribs last weekend. Really great, but then I don't need to tell you guys.
Anyway, I'm a hopeless tinkerer so I'm looking at some old cheap used china plates from Red Lobster, really. I am wondering, will those plates work as a heat deflector? Will they hold up to the heat or will they just shatter? From what I've read china is actually cured to a higher temperature than ceramic.