I have used the propane canisters with no problems and have also used coleman stoves using coleman fuel.
Propane would be the easiest. You screw on the canister, turn it on and light it.
With the coleman fuel (white gas) you usually need to pump it up, heat up a little bit of fuel, light it. Not hard, but a little more work there.
One main thing to consider is the temperature. Propane is not cold weather friendly. By cold I mean 30 degrees or less and you may have issues with propane. White gas does not have that problem, it will work in this colder weather without problem.
We use a low-end Coleman dual-burner propane stove, with no problems. Even works good at 9,000 feet. We have a monster D-cell Coleman LED lantern that's also nice, as long as you can get it up in the air. It's too bright to just sit on the table.
I saw the coolest little single burner stove the other day. It was in a small metal book. Lift the lid to access the burner, and next to it is a space for a regular tube of butane, like you fill lighters with. It is said it would run for 6 hours continuously, but I wouldn't know how accurate that was. But the little stove was perfect for a backpack and primitive camping.
For shore lunches where we throw it in bottom of boat..for 4 wheeling...or tent camping we have a small butane stove...its a small black case that opens and supplies a very good burner off of a butane tank (like for filling lighters)..bottles of butane can be bought in 4 packs...this is also great in the house for emergency power outages...In northern ontario this is not uncommon in the winter..:shrug:
We also have a coleman propane stove for longer trips and we usually use the small green canisters...although disposing of them is getting trickier...
We also use propane lights..have a 2 mantle and a one mantle and they are awesome but very bright.... great for cleaning fish when its dark.