I don't use a basket in my mini. It is a SJG based unit. I get great results on cook duration. It does need a jacket for cold weather cooks to get up to temp.
Smokemaster Offset*'70 Hasty Bake Legacy*WSM 18.5*'00 Plum SSP*'69 Cado*'90 Red MT*WSM Mini*'73 WSJ