i'm not a thru hiker either. It is a different mindset and different activity than backpacking, but with the Same gear.

It's funny to me that a stove with valves, jets, etc would be considered more reliable than a cup to pour fuel in then light. Jets clog, stove malfunctions, etc but a can stove remains the Same ol can with uncloggable holes....
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." Shunryu Suzuki