I'm jealous of his collection! I own a lot of alcohol stoves but not that many!

I'm also jealous of anyone whose homemade stoves work. Want to see my hockey puck collection?

One thing I've learned - anyone new to the topic of backpacking gear hits overload pretty quick, whether you're talking about pack fit, hammocking, alcohol stoves, or the intricacies of dehydrating meals. Let them get hooked, then get geeky if they prove to be one of the gearheads. Not all frequent backpackers are also gearheads. When the eyes start to glaze over, you're not talking to a gearhead...
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." Shunryu Suzuki