Talk:Key:real fire

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What types of fire are "real"?

I think we know what we mean when we're talking about nice fireplaces in pubs ...but the question will come up (in fact it did on IRC). We're ruling out a gas fire presumably, even if its one of those which closely imitates a coal file. It can't be called a "real fire". Then there's other fun edge cases. A wood fire is definitely real, but what about one of those wood pellet burners? They're a bit "sanitised" but probably yes.

But why are we tagging 'real_fire' instead of just 'fire' anyway? Probably because we thought it looked neat alongside Key:real_ale I guess.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 17:32, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

I'd probably agree that it could just be "fire", to indicate the pub has a fire that is in use. I guess "real" is intending to filter by one that actually burns wood or coal, and perhaps you can visibly see it? (so wood pellet burner not likely to be valid for that) Pmackay (talk) 08:42, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Implies the fire is regularly lit?

I almost edited the page to say that this tag should imply that the fire is regularly lit. Certainly the obvious use case, to plot a map of where all the pubs with real fires are, would be better served if the fire is actually lit. I imagine quite a few pubs have old fireplaces which they do not use. Trouble is that's maybe a bit subjective. What does regularly mean? -- Harry Wood (talk) 17:32, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

"Regular" is tricky, it could be seasonal usage. But yes, a disused fireplace does not count IMHO. Pmackay (talk) 08:52, 27 January 2017 (UTC)