I've been a cowboy coal user as well. With the temp fluctuations this year I have lit the mag stoker about 6-7 times.
Same procedure as you described, clear about 3/4 of the grates toward the back of coal ash, put small pieces of cowboy coal on the grates with a couple big pieces at the end as a dam. put a layer of rice coal at the very back end of the grate behind the cowboy coal. Close combustion door and turn on combustion blower for about 10 seconds to blow out any ash BEFORE trying to light it with the propane torch so I don't get a snootful of fly ash (only took one time to learn that!
) Keep feed motor and distribution fan off at this point.
Turn off combustion fan, open door, apply propane torch to cowboy coal, get some red edges on the cowboy coal (you may need combustion fan on while applying propane torch), turn on combustion fan if not already & close door, watch cowboy coal get going, after about 2 minutes get a scoop of rice coal, turn off combustion fan then open door and sprinkle rice coal over cowboy coal, close door and turn combustion fan back on. watch rice coal catch after about two minutes turn on feed motor and distribution fan. Hands off now and about 10 minutes later we are in full throttle!!!
There have been enough posted questions about the procedure this fall that I'll have to get the new video camera out and tape it the next time I start up the stoker out in the workshop since it's cold enough here now that I don't believe I'll be shutting down the basement one until spring.