There is a concern that low temperature burning of plywood and other manufactured woods could potentially release high levels of formaldahyde and other dangerous compounds though one study showed no discernable difference between manufactured wood and natural wood.
It is not recommended. Burning treated wood, such as, plywood releases heavy toxic chemicals like dioxin into the air. Plywood is made from MDF, which stands for medium-density fiberboard, it is not 100% wood but a wood byproduct, made of wood chips and particles combined with binders and other resins to harden it into sheets. Hazardous substance urea-formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of MDF and according to Brian Sause, Director of Testing, Certification, & Standards at the HPVA Lab it is unsafe to burn high emitting products containing formaldehyde in an indoor air environment.
Plywood and MDF are two entirely different products. Plywood is made from glueing veneers together under pressure.
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