Countertop group helps contractors stoke interest in fire pit construction

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, homeowners are seeking outdoor kitchens and living spaces to enhance the ambience as well as the resale value of their homes. As a result, one of the hottest trends in outdoor living is fire pits.

To help contractors take advantage of this new trend, the Concrete Countertop Institute (CCI) is offering two fire pit designs: Crater and Ridge. Both plans include detailed cut sheets and assembly instructions for the forms. They are meant to be used with glass fiber reinforced concrete, but they could be adapted for other casting techniques.

Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishstone sells all of the necessary hardware—such as burners, starters, fire glass and lava rock—in convenient kits that fit each of the Crater and Ridge designs. Kits are available for $550 to $615. Additionally, starting in September, fire pit classes will be held at CCI’s training locations nationwide for $290. — Concrete Countertop Institute, 888/386-771; [email protected]; Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishstone, 877/434-7451; [email protected]