Originally Posted by dragnlaw
OK - looked it up and found this... I can make one with what I have in the kitchen... whooppeeeeeeee! (I think)
this is where I went... VIDEO: How to Make a Stovetop Smoker | SAVEUR
is it reasonable? can I use regular wood chip from a BBQ if I break them up a bit? Do I need to soak them?
I'm not sure because the wood chips used in my stovetop smoker are quite small, almost like sawdust or small shavings. And, no, I've never had to soak them.
The process for smoking on the stove is somewhat different than traditional outdoor smoking.
The instructions provided by Saveur
describe the assembly of a stovetop smoker pretty accurately:
- base unit, mine is about the size of a 9- x 13-inch pan, holds the wood chips
- cover/drip tray that fits directly over the base pan
- rack for holding the food to be smoked
- slide-on lid to seal the smoker during smoking and/or oven-cooking
Look at this
to see how it goes together. Ours is a Camerons one and, surprisingly, the price has been the same since we got ours. It was a gift, but the price hasn't changed, if that means anything to anyone.
In any case, whether or not you create one yourself or purchase one, you'll need some wood chips, which are pretty easy to come by. If you can't find them in your area, there's always good old Amazon.
Whenever I smoke something that doesn't allow the lid to go on, such as a large pork butt, I use heavy-duty foil and seal the edges firmly.