[Tagging] Marking legal BBQ locations

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jun 16 03:59:47 UTC 2019

I think "bring_own_bbq=yes" is sensible; "bbq=designated" is a little
confusing, but probably also correct.

The tag leisure=firepit is for a structure or spot designated for open
fires, such as a fire ring made of stones or bricks, or a metal fire

I checked the page for amenity=bbq and noticed that back in 2016 there
was a line added that suggests this tag could be used for places used
for BBQ, but this contradicts the main definition about it being an
apparatus or structure used for grilling.

Apparently the German page for amenity=bbq, since it was first made in
2012, has used a very different definition, which translates as:

"A barbecue area is an open air barbecue area, often in conjunction
with a barbecue hut. In cities, these are mostly in green areas.
Outside villages, there are barbecue areas on tourist routes (eg cycle

"One distinguishes between free barbecue areas, where you have to take
care of the grill yourself and fixed barbecue areas with existing
grill and, as a rule, seating."

So this implies that in Germany the tag may have been used as a
synonym for tourism=picnic_site plus bring_own_bbq, in addition to the
usual definition.

I've added a question to the German talk page, since it's not good to
have very different definitions for the same tag in different

On 6/16/19, Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 15 Jun 2019 at 21:13, Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at tutanota.com>
> wrote:
>> How to mark locations where grilling is legal,
>> but one needs bring own grill?
> leisure=firepit perhaps?
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:leisure%3Dfirepit
> Thanks
> Graeme

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