I suspect every first-time stoker owner wanted to use dynamite at some time...
I've been through the mice, and even some 'bagggie' mice from my local dealer, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I've even tried highway flares and they succeeded in clogging up the combustion fan air holes to feed the fire.
After reading here a large number how to light 'em, I finally located some lump charcoal (not brickets) and tried it. I used a hammer to break the big pieces into not more than 2" size.
I also found the 'magic trick' that many others here have...a small 'dam' to keep everything from sliding off the grate. I used a bent piece of galvanized steel bent like a letter "C". Others have used a properly sized piece of small piece of wood. Put 4-6 pieces of lump charcoal on the grate behind the dam, and a handful of rice coal on top. Take a propane torch (the yellow can one, they get hotter than the blue can variety), spend about a minute or two firing up the charcoal, turn on the combustion air close the door and let 'er rip! 5-10 minutes later, turn on the stoker and enjoy the fire!