I'm unconvinced by the whole alcohol stove thing. I've had two, both a soda can model (actually, it was catfood, but whatever) and a larger commercial model. They worked okay, but took forever to cook anything and used a lot of fuel. Extrapolating... the fuel got heavy. But it's fun to mess around with, so that's always fun.
I switched from a whisperlite to a soda can stove on the AT and never looked back. It cooks pretty fast (but burns stuff to the bottom of a thin titanium pot less quickly than white gas.) And no priming is a plus (I never enjoy dealing with white gas before I've had my coffee in the morning at least.) In really cold weather, alcohol would probably not be a win though.
Dan convinced me of this after the AT and even gave me his old commercially produced alcohol stove. It was great at boiling one cup of water at a time, which is perfect for my usual trail meals (couscous or things like that, nothing that requires cooking exactly). It doesn't work well for larger volumes of water. In medium-cold weather I just stick the fuel and the stove inside my shirt for a while to warm up. Haven't tried it in winter, though.
You should check out a "Pocket Scribe" for poking said holes... About $10 on Amazon, and should be fine enough for poking small holes... 'Starrett 70A Pocket Scriber With Hardened Steel Point" re-sharpenable, and, very... pointy.
That is totally exactly what I want. Thanks!