I've done some searching, and people seem to recommend the below CANISTER options as alternatives to the Jetboil. But looking at the weights, I haven't found much differences between some of the options. Others are a bit more significance. Obviously an ounce or two may mean little to some and much to others. An ounce or two means little to me. 4 is a bit more significant. Not something I'd go home crying about if I had to carry 4 more ounces, but if it wouldn't buy me much I'd just as soon go for the lighter option.
I'm looking at canister stove systems. I'm a lightweight hiker, not ultralight. While convenience is worth something, I don't want a system heavier than I really need. Sometimes I think the convenience of a jetboil could be worth it because it could, say, make me more likely to stop and whip up a quick steaming cup of hot chocolate while I'm snowshoeing. But I really don't know, is it any more convenient than a nice canister stove and a cheap aluminum pot?
Also, when I started looking at the weights, I didn't seem to be saving THAT much by going to a different system, plus the jetboil seems to be quite competitive in terms of cost. So here we are:
Option 1: 9.25oz - 9.75oz, $60-$70
Snow Peak Giga Power - Manual/Piezo (3.25oz/3.75oz) - $40-50
Snow Peak Giga Power Windscreen (2oz) - $10
*Pot (~4oz) - $10
Option 2: 7.9oz, $70
Snow Peak LiteMax (1.9oz) - $60
Homemade wind screen (~2oz?) - free
*Pot (~4oz) - $10
Option 3: 11.75oz, $70
Jetboil Zip - 11.75oz
*For the pot I don't have any ideas. Need anything cheap and light. I'm guessing 4oz at this point, and $10.
So I'd be saving 2-2.5oz with Option 1 over Option 3, but 3.85oz using Option 2 over Option 3. A mark against the Jetboil is I'd sometimes be cooking for 2, and that means 2x2 cups which means I'd have to heat the Jetboil up twice. However, there would be times where I'd take the Jetboil just to heat up some hot chocolate. It's a tradeoff, there. If I ditched the cozy and the measuring cup, it'd be dead even between Options 1 and 3. Why wouldn't I get the Jetboil, at that point, other than a preference for a different pot?
Any thoughts in addition to what I've stated? The fact that I'm asking this gives away that I'm not ultralight, but I guess I'm especially curious of people's experiences. It seems to me Option 1 vs Option 3 isn't a significant difference in terms of weight and I should just go with which system appeals more. But I'm especially curious about difference in user experiences. If I wouldn't be frustrated with the LiteMax, perhaps that would be my best option, so long as it would hold in high/cold/windy conditions if required.
I have an alcohol stove if I need one for summer.
Cost is a big factor.