That sounds an awful lot like you are saying "My pot holds 500mL and my kit takes up 500mL, whereas your pot holds 1000mL and your kit takes up 1000mL, so mine is better."
I know that's not what you are saying, but I'm trying to make a point- similar to Lynn, actually. We all have to figure out what we want. Is your cannister stove lighter for a 2 day weekend trip? Probably not. (Probably...) Mike likes his Caldera, but wants advice on making it smaller.
If you want to change this into an argument about who uses less boiling water, we can do that. I'll make it short- you win! Maybe Mike likes a cup of coffee with dinner. Maybe he's cooking for two. Who knows?
Now, how can we help Mike? I maintain that Mark answered his question best.
I don't think anyone "graduates" to anything- I think we just pick appropriate tools for the job. And we have ALL done the math, Brother. You're preaching to the choir. That subject has been EXHAUSTIVELY explored here and elsewhere. We acknowledge that alcohol stoves loose their weight advantage on longer trips- as I sort of alluded to in my last post. (They are fun, though.)
There! You win again!
Also, I suspect that you missed the fact that Lynn was AGREEING with you. You didn't have to get snippy with her.