This is the first stove I've ever owned, although I have used backpacking stoves before. Its great, so tiny, yet stable on ground, logs, tables and fuel is cheap (220grams for $5). Water boiled instantly it seemed. I used very little fuel, from what I could tell, only went for two nights though. I would definitely recommend this as a quality stove for almost anyone. If you need a stove for a huge basecamp, this probably won't handle it, but otherwise I don't see any reason not to get this.