I've been a lurker on this forum for a good while now and have learned a great deal. Please excuse any etiquette faux pas I will make with this post as I'm a complete newbie to the scene.
I recently purchased a MES40 Bluetooth unit from Amazon not too long ago. I've completed all of the steps to season and purchased an AMNPS and some digital probe thermometers (Thermoprobe and iGrill). For my first smoke, I was a little ambitious and smoked a brisket. I set the thermostat to 225 and placed two probes on the second shelf on the left and right side. I let it preheat for a good hour or so and the the readings stayed pretty steady at 225 on external thermometer. I proceeded to load my AMNPS and brisket into the smoker. As soon as I put the meat in, the temperature seemed to drop, which I know is normal because of the door opening. However, throughout the smoke, the temperature never seemed to climb back up to above 205 with the meat in. After several hours, I decided to bump the temperature controller up to about 245, where then the thermometer would finally read a steady 225.
Is this normal or do I have a faulty smoker?