A tri-wing Esbit stove does more than support the pot. It gets the fuel tab off of the ground so no heat is wasted by being absorbed by the ground/rock/whatever. It also sets the flame at the ideal height from the pot bottom and protects the "table top." I go the extra step and place a piece of cardboard, wrapped in aluminum foil under my stove. If you come across picnic tables, look at all the burn marks carless people have left behind and you will see why.