The Imex results dont sound so good. The machine is defintely not getting hot enough. The stainless bit should get way too hot to touch, in fact I earnt my first few blisters last night!.
Just saw the photos and I would hesitate to guess that for no result after 40mins the machine is likely faulty :(. Are you getting any hot air at all? The exhaust should be hot enought to prevent you from holding your hand in it for more than a few seconds. Theres not much to it really - all you do is wind the dial around and switch it on at the wall and the machine. Hope it turns out ok. Its be a real bummer to have issues with the machine after all your grief getting it.
As an aside I found last night that the light on my switch doesnt come on any more when I turn it on. It heats up ok, but no red light. For those tronics experts out there - does the little red light matter?