Hello, My husband and I are planning on converting our wood burning fireplace into a natural gas fireplace. After checking the dealers and installers near us we've narrowed our selection down to the Mendota FV-44i or the Kozy Heat Jordan series. We do like the variety of trim options of the Mendota, the fact that we can choose cracked glass media, and a black enamel interior. When I first went to the Kozy Heat dealer I was told that I could choose any front and any media, but when I brought my husband in the next week to look we were told that we could only choose logs and only choose one front grill or clear glass as our options. My husband and I don't really like the look of the fake logs and prefer the more modern look of the cracked glass, but I'm unsure if the second guy at the Kozy place was uninformed or the first guy was just trying to make a sale. The price of the Mendota with exactly what we want was about $800 more than the one at Kozy in the one configuration they quoted. This is a big splurge in the first place, and another $800 is hard to swallow just for looks. So I'd like opinions on performance to help me decide. This is going into a daylight basement that is a good 10 degrees colder than the main floor in winter (we live in NJ). So it will be used as a main source of heat in a 15 x 22 ft room. Sometimes we will be sitting 6 ft away on the sofa watching a movie. Other times we will be 12 feet away playing a card game. Is one more reliable than the other? We want a black enamel refractory - does one stand up better than the other? Is one more adjustable than the other for comfort either near or further away? Which is actually true of Kozy Heat - options or just what's in the brochure we were given? In your opinion is Mendota worth $800 more than Kozy (that price includes installation for both dealers and I don't know if one is charging more for their labor than the other) Thanks for your help and any insights.