There is, simply put, no point in having a backyard unless you can burn stuff in it. What better way to keep a bonfire under control than with everyone's favorite non-combustible building material? Custom built concrete fire tables ain't cheap (running more than $2,000 a pop), but some are constructed with propane gas piping from the home that allows that the user to control the size and duration of a fire. For outdoor cooking, a concrete barbeque provides a durable and stain-resistant surface on which to prepare and enjoy a freshly flame-broiled filet [sources: Quinlan, California Concrete Designs].
Inside a home, concrete can also be used to construct or upgrade an indoor fire place [source: California Concrete Designs].