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Stovetop Smokers

We cooked salmon fillets and whole chickens on four models, evaluating the smokers on the quality of the foods’ smoky flavor and how easy they were to use and clean.

What We Learned

Stovetop smokers, which smoke meat and other foods indoors, are metal vessels fitted with a wire rack set over a drip tray and covered with a lid. To see how they compare with outdoor smokers, we cooked salmon fillets and whole chickens on four models (priced from roughly $40 to $100), evaluating the smokers on the quality of the foods’ smoky flavor and how easy they were to use and...