It all depends on where you are and what time of year. In hot Texas summer, the last thing you want is something hot.
Different story in winter, but I stopped carrying anything bigger than an Esbit stove, years ago, mostly to save weight. If there are twigs around, then Esbit stays in the pack. I've had too many alchy stoves flash over from bumping them, that I don't carry them.
Full sized camping stoves stay in the car for "base camp".
A tiny cook fire from hand fed twigs gets the job done just fine and leaves no trace.
For some reason, I'm less hungry on the trail and am happy to snack through meals as long as it's a balanced diet.
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