Hey, I realize all gear is a personal choice, but I'll throw in my two cents...
As noted before, long distance hikers especially love alcohal stoves... hence my bias towards them.
If you don't want to build one, buy a trangia or any of the other comercially available. Although they put out less heat, its a trip for recreation and relaxation... what is your hurry? They are not that slow. IF you include set up time of your white gas stove, the total time is close to the same. After you descover how light weight they are, you will descover all the other finner points of them. They are incredibly simple to run. They are silent. And the heat is always set close to a simmer so you can cook a wide variety of things, not just two cups of water. Wind screens definately help.
However, for what ever reason, it seems to take a long trip to appreciate their value. I set off on the Appilacian Trail swearing I would not use them, now I swear by them.
Good day, the sun is coming up and a dirt road and a bike are calling my name,