Hi there, I have a Godin Round, larger size, mine lights very easily. I use nut coal, although I know that I've got some stove coal in the mix, my supplier must have added it to fill the weight up. Some of that stuff is nearly the size of baseballs. I sometimes use wood, sometimes charcoal, but either works fine. Get a coal bed about 3-4 inches deep, add about 2 inches of coal on top, and let that get going well. When that coal is going well (I usually just leave the door open all the way, it takes about five minutes to get going like this) I add another 6 or 8 inches and close it all up. I leave my vent open just a half turn, or shut it right off. I do have an excellent draft, so you will need to set yours according to the draft and stove response. I turn my manual damper to the closed position and the stove slowly stokes itself up to temp. My pipe runs about 200-250 in this position according to my magnetic thermometer. If it is super cold out, I open the vent another turn, maybe two. I never have more that an eighth inch of opening on that vent. I do have a smallish house, so a larger home may need more heat than that, but that stove will happily push out lots more heat than I need. Play with your stove, and work your way up to it. Leave a good airspace above the coal bed in the stove for secondary combustion, you will use less coal and get more heat. If you do not have a manual damper installed in the pipe, get one asap, otherwise you loose a lot of control of your fire and a lot of heat goes up the chimney.
I have thought I may want to try pea, since I think it will be easier to shake down than nut, but have not gone to get any yet. I thought I'd get a hundred pounds and see how it works out for me. It may just fall through the grate, but its worth 15 bucks to find out.
Good luck, and let us know what you find out, I come on here all the time and learn something new each time. Its a process and it is good to share what we learn.