I used the "Esbit" stove on both my end to end trips on the AT and while working with the Forest Service for 12 years and have found them to be the best alternative for light weight pack stoves. Bar none, and I've tried just about every other thing out there. Weather you use the trioxane tablets or alcohol sense both work equally as well if you use a metal tray for the alcohol, I use a anchovy tin myself in them when I use alcohol.
The last ones I got were 6 for 5.99 @ CTD a few years back. They are quite strong and stable which I found to be the big drawback with the others that are homemade.
Just my suggestion.