Thanks for the help guys. I got the SLX (no green available locally) and used it on my overnighter Saturday night. Happy to report that there was no soot.
I did have a separate issue though for which I don't think there's a short term cure. It was rainy, cold, and a little windy. Because of this, my fingers were a little clumsy as there's only so much that can be done with these stoves with gloves on. After getting the stove lit I was setting the pot on it as carefully as possible and it slipped, sending the stove pouring over. Fuel and fire went all over the area I was set up in. I had chosen a good area to cook in, and all ground and wood was very well saturated, so there was no risk of that.
However as I waited for the alcohol to burn off I looked over at my son and thought about all the times I'm gonna be cooking with rambunctious and clumsy boy scouts in the years to come, and I just know this is a bad idea. This could have been a much bigger issue if I was cooking closer to a tent or dry tinder. I knew that stove tipping can be an issue with alchy stoves, but if it's that easy to make a mistake, I'd rather avoid it, especially when I've got a bunch of kids around.