I got this in the Kickstarter campaign ($199, stand, carrying bag, free shipping). If this comes with the carrying case, I think it's a pretty good deal. You can do fine without the stand, a couple of bricks or a piece of plywood would do the job just as well. I'd skip the tools too. A stick works pretty well for me for moving wood around and putting more wood on the fire. I think the carrying case is more important. The stove is kinda bulky and it helps having a handle/strap when moving it around and helps keep your trunk (or where ever you carry it) cleaner. As far as operation goes you can get a roaring fire going in a short period of time with minimal fire lighting skills. I usually burn found wood. Compressed sawdust logs work well too. There is a bit of smoke if you let any wood stick above the burn chamber otherwise there isn't much smoke. It puts out a reasonable amount of warmth and the flame is very pleasant to look at.