How do I know what type I should use when I'm planning a camping trip?
I personally highly recommend using an alcohol stove (pepsi-can stove, or some other variant), especially when hiking solo. In my opinion, the weight benefits far exceed the disadvantages.
The benefits of Alcohol*:
(*We are talking about stove fuel here, not about drinking the stuff...)
I'd try and be more specific towards the kind of the fuel we are talking about: