John: Yeah, if you're not using your stove a lot and/or don't want to play with the adapters, just stock on store-bought canisters. The payback would take a while.
In addition to BPing trips, I've gone from white gas to butane and propane stoves for canoeing trips and family mini-BPing trips to USFS cabins where we aren't trying to save fuel.
But for me, it's maybe a point of pride as a plumber, engineer and DIYer that I can repair my car, build my house, assemble a computer, refill my stove, etc. I keep methane, butane, propane, oxygen, CO2, helium, and a few dozen liquid chemicals on hand for home projects, science demos, etc.
I've also got a variety of buildings and locations at different temperatures, with and without any occupants. I wouldn't do as much as I do if I lived in an apartment, in a city, with neighbors within a few hundred yards.
Give a man a canister and he can cook for an hour. Teach him to use an adapter and he can play with his stock of empties for years!