|Used to identify pubs/bars which have a real fire: a wood or coal fireplace or stove you can sit around for ambiance and enjoying direct heat.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
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This key is particularly significant in Britain and Ireland where aspects of the ambiance of pubs and bars have long been widely documented. The WhatPub? proprietary database run by CAMRA (a campaigning organisation protecting traditional beer and pubs) has included real fire as one of a number of specific properties of pubs, for instance here. As this type of information is now widely expected to be available by pub-goers in these countries it is important that such information can be collected in a free and open database such as OSM.documented
Note that this tag is about stoves and fireplaces that people can gather around for ambiance. It's not necessarily for a venue's central heating system (although it might also have that role).
How to tag
- real_fire=fireplace Open fire in a hearth/fireplace.
- real_fire=stove Enclosed fire. It's recommended to also add real_fire:visible since this is a determining factor for coziness.
- real_fire:visible=yes Some stoves have a window through which you can see the fire. (This is the default for fireplaces.)
Pellet, gas and oil stoves provide less ambiance and as such are not considered "real fires". If you want, you can tag them with:
- real_fire=no (to remain compatible with the initial real_fire definition)
- real_fire:fuel=pellets Compressed sawdust. Better for the environment, but less ambiance than a wood fire.