I like the cannister stoves. One pound propane type, and small isobutane. I also have lanterns that fit on both. Have been through several and kind of have a collection. The piezo sparker lighter on the one in Smashy's post is a very cool feature to look for. no worries about singeing your knuckles, or sparking a lighter or match... after finding said lighter or match.
I like an alcohol stove in a swedish military kit because it is so quiet, and it just packs up so neatly. good gadgetry and utility.
I bring that to burning man. It's good for warming soup, or boiling water, and it's a good way to transport vittles to pot lucks.
plus this isobutane stove for coffee and other cooking tasks.