I'm gonna try it this weekend, once I'm armed (and dangerous) with everyone's ideas. I think the basket would have to be tall/narrow, so that the top layer--the part that's on fire, is not too big. Once it starts, it will be important to shut down the vents to keep it from running away.
I love stickburning, sitting around drinking beer and watching the fire. But sometimes I have other chores do to....
dry-stacked masonry, reverse-flow, offset stickburner, with clay pizza oven next door