On Friday, UPS delivered my brand new Nesco along with 5 pounds of Horse, 2 pounds of Java, and the 8 Pack sampler from Sweet Maria's. Just completed the first roast. I had just 5 ounces left over of the Misty Valley so I used it. Filled the chamber exactly to the fill line. Reduced to the dark roast line and it measured out exactly 4 ounces. That is very good to know since all the sample packs are 8 ounces. :) Refilled the chamber with the Misty Valley. No use having 1 ounce of beans floating around. I have previously tested the voltage of the outlet with a volt meter. I'm fortunate to have 120 volts at the outlet in the kitchen. Only 118 at the outlet in the basement where I use the popcorn popper. From the kitchen, I started the roast of 5 ounces of Misty Valley with 30 minutes on the timer. I could barely detect first crack. I didn't write down the time. At approximately 13 minutes into the roast, display showed 17 minutes remaining, I was seeing oil starting to develop. Should have hit cool. I finally hit the cool button at 18 minutes into the roast, display showed 13 minutes remaining. I did this because the beans were already light vienna. By the end of the cool down, I was definitely french roast. Very dark, very oily. My worries of roasting too slowly and having a duller cup than with the Iroast I was contemplating on buying have been relieved. Even with the accidental darker roast, the "aroma" wasn't overwhelming at all. I was expecting to have to do some venting of some sorts. I don't think I'll need to do that at all. A lot has been said about the Zack & Dani not being able to obtain the darker roasts and the Nesco being improved. I've never used the Zack & Dani, but my brand spanking new Nesco rushed 5 ounces of Misty Valley to French in 18 minutes (not including the 5 minute cool down cycle). :) Ok, so I'm bragging and gushing at the same time. :) Ok, anyone using the Nesco roasting Horse Lot 14659? Any recommended times to use as a starting point?