Cooking over an open fire is just plain fun. Meat, Smores, Pine Cones, things that have no reason to be held over a fire. Fire is just fun to cook with, melt with, or burn with! FIRE! Typically you would use some standard firewood to cook with. You know, from trees. But we are wondering, what about the man made stuff? “Can you cook food with plywood?”
I hear RATM “burn, burn, yes you gonna burn” always enters my head during a campfire.
The answer to this is YES! You can use plywood to cook your food but should you? The answer to this is obviously NO!
Plywood has actual wood in it, you know, from trees. However, it has a lot of other stuff in it too. Plywood is held together with glue and other chemicals. The smoke from this burn is not something you want to be around, smell, or have absorbed into your wieners. You may not care how your wiener is made or what is inside of your wieners, but if you are holding your wieners up to a flame, you want that flame to be pure,….right? Is there any other way to hold your wieners to a flame? I think not.
There are toxic chemicals used in the making of plywood. When you bring it to the flame it creates a cloud of death. It smells just awful. Even worse than this, it makes your food taste bad. YUCK! When you are tasting your wieners, you only want wiener taste, right? Even though we are constantly eating things that will eventually kill us, we don’t want it to taste bad while we are eating it! Heck no! We want our fats, cholesterol, and junk food to taste good while clogging our arteritis. Who is with me on this? ‘MERICA!!
According to the trusted Bob Villa (Bob Villa link), “when you burn coated or pressure-treated wood, toxic chemicals can be released into the air you breathe. For example, wood treated to withstand rot or insects used to contain a form of arsenic, while painted, stained, or varnished woods contain other chemicals—and all these chemicals create toxic fumes when burned. Nix on plywood, too, because adhesives applied during manufacturing release toxic fumes when burned.”
First, gross. Second, we kind of already knew this right? At least I hope we all did, but if not….THANKS BOB! Doesn’t Bob seem like a cool uncle or brother in law you would like to hang out with?
Here is a word you may recognize: Formaldehyde.
YUP! Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in the make up of plywood. You may have thought it was just for the dead. Nope. You could stop right there with that word, but let’s continue with another word you may have heard of before:
Cancer. Now cancer is everywhere and it seems like you can get it from just about anything and everything. I know it has affected my life and my loved ones, so taking it seriously is….serious. We can do our best to avoid it and this is one of those instances. Lets add one more word here to the mix: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
Did you try to say it out loud? Go ahead, try it. (noo·muh·now·uhl·truh·mai·kruh·skaa·puhk·si·luh·kow·vaal·kei·now·kow·nee·ow·suhs) pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. This is the longest word in any language. It is a technical word referring to lung disease. Now it is not entirely sure by me (because I am not a doctor) that you can have pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis or get pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis from burning plywood and inhaling the toxins, but it is safe to say that you do not want to have pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. You don’t even want to read it anymore.
At this point you are getting the point. Don’t do it. It is a bad idea. Don’t burn the plywood to cook. You will not like the taste, and it will make you sick. This blog just saved your life. You owe me now.
There is certainly a lot of science stuff that can be added to a topic like this, but that stuff is boring to read. You just wanted to know if it was a good idea to cook food with plywood or not, and you have your answer. Don’t do it. If you wanted to know the details of the chemical breakdown as indicated on the periodic table, then you came to the wrong place.
For added fun, let’s pose some questions here that may apply to your interests.
Will one time use of plywood to cook a meal kill you? The answer is – Maybe! Enough of anything will kill you. Too much water will kill you. Too much chocolate will kill you (so I have been told……yet to be proven in my house). It just depends what your exposure is. If you are starving and you need to cook something over plywood, then I would say do it. At least you would die on a full stomach. I mean if your choices are die of starvation or eat a tainted food item, then I say take your chances. More than likely are are browning some hotdogs and well we have all heard the stories of what is inside those meat tubes.
Why is plywood your only choice? I am certain that there could be something else to burn. If you are in the forest, you would have, …….the forest. If you are in the city, you could figure something out right? There are some trees in the city. If our hypothetical scenarios are starting to go into the when SHTF times, then we can get loco on this subject. I don’t really want to do that.
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