As I've mentioned earlier, our brick chimney was struck by lightning. I am trying to decide whether to have the chimney rebuilt with brick and have the brick stained to match the existing brick on the house, or whether to just cover my chimney with some kind of siding and build it up to the needed height. Obviously, the siding would cost less. Anyone have any pics of chimneys that are NOT made of brick? I am having a hard time visualizing what that might look like on our house. Any reason why using siding as a replacement would NOT be a good idea, and using brick would be better?