For the reading stoker I've been using wood pellets soaked in denatured alcohol. About a cup of pellets and half cup of alky.....but...wear gloves when you light it, it can woof a bit & take knuckle hair.
Give the pellets 3 min to get going and then sprinkle coal on top. Another 3 min, more coal. Job done. I think I'll get some of that Cowboy charcoal.