Not having any gear is not a bad place to be in. I basically was in the same place 1.5-2 years ago. I was just getting back into it after not hiking since high school. All this means is that you have some testing and research to do. Too me that is half the fun, but I am also a gearhead.
The good thing about this is that you are not attached to anything that you have already bought that is not the best option for you. I have a bunch of gear that does not work, but is cool.
One thing that I do that really works well is picking one piece of gear, research it, and get one that works then move on to another one. A hammock for a shelter is a good start. Then get a decent quilt/bag and a pack. The rest are just small details.
Check out www.hikinghq.net
. Rock has a lot of info on his site and knows just about all there is to know about alcohol stoves. I upgraded to a 3 or 4 oz alcohol stove that costed under $5 from my $100 MSR 1+ pound stove. Only thing to keep in mind is that the fuel needs to be warm, not the air temp. I carry a 1 oz nalgene container to warm it first. I have boiled in 20 deg temps this way. Just can't be in a hurry.