I don't like alcohol stoves, and there are a few reasons why. They don't work at all in the cold. You can keep them warm with body heat, but it's unreliable and won't burn nearly as well. They aren't good at high altitude, doesn't take much wind to blow out, and the reduced atmospheric pressure makes them inefficient on fuel. Whereas a liquid fuel stove with a pump is great in all conditions, and a isobutan stove works well in most cases except extreme cold and very high altitude. Alcohol stoves are probably the least reliable of the stove types I mentioned. However if you're only looking to use it in warm weather below 10,000ft you shouldn't have any issues, and it makes a great choice because fuel is easy to find, its cheap, light, and easy to use. They are handy, but if you're looking to do any 4 seasons hikes or mountaineering you should really consider other options.