Thanks, man. Well, I hope I'm not giving you any bum steers!
I myself like having a little topper for summer use. In winter, I tend to use a remote set up or a regulator valved upright. If it's really cold I might consider white gas if I just don't want to screw with sleeping with the canister and all. Of course if you get a remote first, you can suck up the weight penalty for summer trips until you decide which upright canister stove you want.
Good luck with your decision making.