I use a 12" iron skillet, and a huge fire. for those who think it's heavy... a simple fix: leave your tent behind. sleep under a bush like a real man.
anyway, I have neglected my firefox stove for too long. I used it about 15 times in the past. just the pleasure of sitting in front of it, feeding twigs is always relaxing. however, if I was to do a big trail like the AZT I think big miles would restrain even the practice of using such a finicky stove. i'd prolly hike from dawn till dusk, and not much time to fiddle around with twigs. that being said, esbit is the lightest alternative for cooking if you are out for more than a week. but man, they stink. and hard to light. so, go with woodburner. mine is 7oz, and the fuel is free. just some thoughts.