There are a plethora of alcohol stove designs available today for backpackers. However, one of my all-time favorites remains the Brasslite Stove (1.4 oz.) which is completely self-contained (except for a windscreen) and includes a built-in simmer control, base plate, and pot holder.
I have also found that the Brasslite is easier to light in colder weather than any of the other alcohol stoves I own, which I attribute to the stove’s brass construction and all-in-one design.
One of the most important properties of an alcohol stove is its thermal conductivity. In order to produce heat, an alcohol stove needs to vaporize its fuel by boiling it and turning it from a liquid into a gaseous form. The thermal conductivity of the complete stove system influences how much energy is required to vaporize the liquid fuel and stoves it stands to reason that stoves with multiple components are less thermally conductive than ones that are fully integrated like the Brasslite.
The Brasslite holds 1 oz. of fuel and will burn for 10 minutes. Denatured alcohol or HEET (pure methanol) are its recommended fuels. It can be purchased online at Brasslite.com.
Disclosure: The author owns this product.