Charcoal is the easiest, quickest way. I hear great things about cowboy charcoal, but have yet to use it. For now, I just use regular charcoal, soaked in diesel or lighter fluid, just one layer to cover the grates, light a match & hit all 4 corners then toss match in center, close ash door & open spin damper up so you get fire, but not so much fire that it's getting sucked up the chimney. After that burns for about a minute, open the ash door & let it rip. Then you shovel a layer of coal on ... then another ... then another.
Within 20 minutes, you'll have several layers blazing away evenly - provided you have a decent enough draft. I never had any luck getting it lit with wood. I guess I don't have the patience.
To this, in 30 minutes - with Blaschak too: