Effort? It just looks like a demonstration. I dont think there is a problem with esbit. I just I said that I wasnt fond of the smell. I should have said that I am more fond of the smell of a woodfire. That being said I havent ever noticed any smell while burning esbit but I almost always just let it burn out.
I havent used it much because I already have a different system that works extremely well for me. I try out all different types of fuels however in my stoves to see how they work. Esbit seems to work fine and I wouldnt mind carrying a few for backup. (cant spill it)
Obviously tons of people love the stuff.
It is very light and dependable.
It just seems a little expensive, I have to mail order it, there is packaging left over, Its hard to find in many small towns.
I am also un-practiced as to how to "dose" the tablets for a specific boil to avoid wasting esbit or having to deal with leftover pieces. I just need more practice. Wood is free. I find it everywhere.
I have also noticed that instead of the uniform black chalky creosote on the bottom of my pot that I get from wood I get a very sticky residue that actually wants to stick to potstands unless it is removed.
As far as being in the woods....I grew up in the woods.I live in the woods. I make a fire almost every day.
p.s. I am sure that I stunk way worse on my last trip