I am a novice (two prior uses of grill pan) with a new Lodge griddle/grill (long flat two-burner job) pan that I am using on an old, generic gas range. I have been taking the black iron burner "stands" (the things the pot sits on) off of the burners themselves, so that the griddle is close to the flames (maybe too close - it sits so low that I am not sure enough oxygen is getting to the flame). - The first two times - no problems that I could see (except some black staining around the burners, but that seemed OK, since I am hoping to replace range at some not-too distant point). The last night, while heating grill (same procedure - on top of burners without other support) a HUGE FLAME - all the way up to the exhaust hood, with a LOUD WHOOSH - we immediately turned off all burners. Whatever happened caused all pilots to go out. We ended up broiling, and the grill pan/griddle is in the garage. I am scared of the thing. Has this happened to anyone else? Is the issue that the grill/griddle is too low over the flame - should I be using the range's normal black iron " pot support" things? Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.