I'd recommend getting yourself a good digital probe thermometer and measuring the temperature at the grate. Dome thermometers typically take longer to adjust and the Char-Griller thermometers I've used are particularly unreliable. I never look at mine.
Went with what I found a few other places. 225, on at 9 am this morning. Unfortunately, opted for the GMG Davy Crockett. Most reviews of this grill are very positive. I get 25-35 degree swings, and left to right reading 225 to 265. Food probe was off by 20 degrees, when it said 170, I pulled the brisket to wrap it, my other (calibrated) probe read 150. I wrapped in foil with some broth anyways. Put it back on the grill wrapped an in a foil pan, will hope for the best. Expect I'll run out 5ish and pick up some brisket from the Q Shack.
Should'a used the Akorn. Main reason I didn't was dialing in the 225 and not overshooting. I know once I've got a good temp on the Akorn I can shut the lid and walk away, 100% confident. Zero confidence in this pellet grill.
Still like the idea of a pellet grill, perhaps will look at a nice Traeger next time.
Will followup with the finished results later...
Couldn’t decide what to cook yesterday, ended up with a pork tenderloin.
gave it a simple brine & topped it with some bacon & apple & went hot/fast on the timbetline 850
picked up a pretty good smoke ring