Ok here's the 411:
I started a chimney full of lump charcoal and once lit i dumped it in the basket in the SFB. I left the SFB vent fully opened and after 10 minutes i read this temp at grate level on the smokestack side.
So i went back in the house for about 10-15 minutes then came back out and checked the temp. It read this...
Then I closed the SFB vent to a quarter open like this...
Which then lowered the temp to 235F-245F and lasted for about an hour or hour and a half. After the fire died out I removed the basket and threw out the leftover ash and charcoal.
The basket didnt seem to lose any paint. I even cleaned it and nothing. I'll check it tomorrow for any signs of wear and tear. I would imagine that if they made a basket with and a non stick coating for the grill that it would be safe in these situations.... no???
Anyway tomorrow I try with briquettes to see what temps i can get. Also going to try going to lowes to pick up and basket from there...... and hopefully a wireless thermometer. Peace!!