While it might be useful for leisure=firepit, I do not think it makes sense for amenity=bbq at all.
BBQ grill is a place that has some way to contain a fire and a grill/grate/grid on which food is cooked. If it misses that grill, then it in my opinion can hardly be classified as amenity=bbq, but is instead fire ring / fire pit (see Fire ring - Wikipedia) which is according to wiki to be tagged as leisure=firepit instead.
Who do others think? does amenity=bbq + grate=no make any sense to you, or should it be documented as discouraged?
A steel grill or grate is not mandatory for every BBQ. Lots of BBQs do have a one, being placed over the heat source, mainly (but not always) open fire, but there are also BBQ facilities which are completely closed. This type has a metal plate on top being heated from below mainly (but not always) by gas and is very common all over Australia. There is a picture of one of those from Lyndhurst NSW in the wiki.
Btw. in Germany we call the open type with a grate “Grill” and “grillen” is very popular in summer time. The term BBQ has only become more popular recently in the course of updating the German language with fancy American-english terms
Thanks; indeed flat heated metal plate is a different format than grate grill surface; but it does serve the same purpose - so food is put on it and it cooks on it. Don’t know that there are tagging which distinguishes between them (apart from possible description=* of course)
I was mainly concerned with places which completely lack such (usually metal) surface to hold food at all; i.e. which are unusable for bbq unless you bring extra piece of hardware with you (be it flat metal, or a grill / mesh metal), i.e. places like this:
Sure - but don’t tell a grill or BBQ fanatic that grill or plate is the same - there are heated arguments about which kind provides the REAL BBQ experience and again don’t dare to tell that firing with wood, charcoal, gas or electric is all the same … but this goes off topic.
Neither do I and no need to worry about that now, sooner or later some bbq expert will come up with a proposal to do so for sure …
bbq=yes or bbq=byo is fine when added to a leisure=picnic_site or camp_site but not together with amenity=bbq.