We are getting ready to replace our 30 year old gas insert. My wife has decided she wants something that looks like the wood stoves we've had in the past like the Vermont. This means she wants the look of double arched doors. I want the most realistic fire we can get. So far we have looked at Heat & Glo, Regency, Quadra Fire, Ironstrike, Jotul, Solas, Mendota, and Valor. Only the last two have the arched double door option. The Valor G3 is sized right for us as 1/3rd of our house has radiant floor heat. We also have forced air but we limit its use as we hate forced air. We are hoping to eliminate using it almost entirely as the living room, where the insert is, is in the middle of the house and I plan to install a vent in the living room ceiling and push some air into our bedroom which will create an air flow loop. Our winter days range from 30 at night to the high 50s in the day during January. It appears no one beats Valor for turndown (24,000/6500 BTUs) and I have heard good things about their quality. At $3200 it seems a competitive price. On the other hand, the Mendota FV33i has, hands down, the most realistic fire I've seen in a gas unit with either the oak or birch logs. Its turndown is better than most (31,000/13,000) and the fan, on low setting, is very quiet. I would go for the Mendota in a heartbeat except for two things. It is 50% more expensive than the Valor and we get regular power outages. I know the Valor can run when the power is out. I am not sure on the Mendota. Any suggestions? Also, we are not in a rush. Do these things ever go on sale?