A lot of stoves are light weight these days, but it's the fuel that can get you up in weight - for example, canister stove fuel (even an empty canister weighs several ounces). Using measurable fuel like denatured alcohol and Esbit tabs instead can cut down on weight by just taking exactly what you need, and if you can use twigs and small branches harvested along the way, you don't have to buy or carry anything other than the stove.
At our store in Tempe we have several different stove styles on the shelf, including some light weight titanium models that will run on the above fuel sources. You may not have as much flame control as you do with some heavier models, but if all you're doing is boiling water for dehydrated meals, coffee or soup, etc, that won't matter.
Evernew Titanium Alcohol stove ($54)
- Lightweight, compact and maintenance-free alcohol stove
- The bi-level jet system creates a strong, stable flame
- The volume markings inside the stove for easy measurement of the fuel
- Fuel capacity: 70ml
- 30ml of alcohol can make 400ml of water to boil in approx. 5 min
Emberlit Titanium Wood Stove ($89)
The EmberLit UL is made from ultralight Titanium and weighs just under 6 oz. This stove is a refinement of the old can stoves guys created to burn twigs at the camp site. It will hold the weight of any pot or pan that will sit securely without shaking. Approximately 5.5" x 5.5" x 6". Comes with Crossbars and Case.
VARGO Triad Multi-Fuel stove ($29)
- Solid titanium construction
- Multi-fuel capability (alcohol or Esbit, most commonly)
- All-season, all-terrain usability
- Folding legs and pot supports
- Fast filling and easy to reclaim unused fuel
- Simple to use, minimal maintenance, compact, and reliable
- Weight: 1.0 ounce (30 grams)