I have posted this in the past, but with all the newcomers, maybe bears repeating. If you feel the need and time is important you can kick start your baked potato in the microwave. I prepare mine with olive oil rub, then some seasonings (your choice, I use Lawreys Garlic salt) and wrap in a paper towel. Cook on high for no longer than 2 minutes. Shorten this time if you have a super hot high side on your microwave. All you need to do is to heat up the inside of your potato, and let the ceramic cooker finish up the cook unwrapped with the terrific light smoke exterior that nothing compares too. It beats nails and puppy dog tails...:-)[p]Cheers..