I have been shopping for a gas fireplace for a new home. I think I like the fireplace extrordinair 864 HO Greensmart the best so far. My choice so far seems to be between that and a similar Mendota. After visiting several shops I became very confused by the display in the last shop I visited. All of the Mendota's, Atra/Jotul, and Heat n Glo models had fire screens over the glass. The salesman said that ALL stoves come like that now. The reason he gave was to keep people from burning themselves on the glass and to "improve the fire display by reducing the reflection on the glass." A later phone call to the shop yielded another reason: to protect against flying glass in case on an explosion during ignition. Does anyone know the reason for the screen? Any comments on the Travis products? Thank you..!