So - I rarely have cooking disasters...but tonight - Wowwie! I don't believe I've ever used the Rice Cooker to make rice before - I just do it on the stovetop, because I am usually adding a bunch of stuff to it when I cook it. But for dinner tonight, I just wanted to make plain brown rice, so I decided to give it a whirl. I followed the directions just as they are written for the microwave on the back of the package of brown rice....and I now have a smoking, stinky black mass on my front porch. You can't tell really where the rice cooker ends and the rice begins. The stench is almost unbearable in the house! I'm now cooking plain white rice on the stove, because it will only delay dinner by 20 minutes, instead of 40 to do more brown rice.