Just about any threaded cartridge containing propane and butane or isobutane would do, except the ones made by Campingaz (they're blue). Suitable ones are supplied by Go Systems, Coleman, Primus, MSR, Optimus and others. Many companies claim their gas mix is superior in various ways, but I'm not sure there's much difference apart from in very cold winter conditions when those with little or no butane work best. Re keeping pack weight down just carry a canister that's sufficient for your needs.
As Guy said.
I just use whatever is the cheapest version (with regard to conditions) - in summer I use pure butane, the other three seasons a butane/propane mix
Poundland (or Poundworld) do aluminium mess tins for £1 and also to saucepans for £1.
I have a 1l saucepan, took the handle off and have a pot gripper. Tesco value pans do the job as well
Surprisingly I've found the best prices for gas canisters are often either commercial campsite shops (although some of them are certainly where to find the highest prices too, so it's pot luck) and cluttered backstreet hardware stores. Can't point you to particular ones, I'm afraid, but it's well worth popping your head round the door if you happen to spot one.
As far as cookware goes, try to avoid tall and narrow pots unless you're just going to be boiling water. Unless I'm hiking and really need to reduce the weight and bulk I tend to use a cheap billy can, popular with bushcraft types and fairly easy to find (or fit a wire bail onto a simple pot). If you've just got one burner then more than one pan might not make sense and a billy style (or something like the MSR kettle) will be easier to pack, lighter and mean less washing up
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