I have a Pocono but similar stoves like Pioneer are the same. I have to assume the stove/chimney/powervent are functioning normally. I am also assumig it's coaltrol driven.
Firstly, the coal must be good, so knowing your source helps us.
The second thing often overlooked is the coal must be dry otherwise lighting is tough. If the stove goes out use warm dry coal from the hopper of the stove.
When starting/restarting and assuming the stove is cold/no more than warm life up and remove the grate. Vacuum out any ash/dirt and make sure all those holes are not blocked. The coal has to have air streaming through it for the stove to start. It should really be resealed at the rear but I am assuming we have an emergency here. All stoves need to be serviced at the start of winter. So now we deal with what we have.
Out of mice and starter bags? A stove chimney made out of Matchlight is good (soup can). If you do not know what that is we can guide you.
Now this is where we turn you into a McgGiever. Soon this chore will be fun as you gain confidence. I light mine first time every time and if I can do it so can you.... this is not brain surgery.
So, if you have store bought starter bagshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEZhUm0TAhA
No mice and no bags? Take a small paper bag, shred newspaper into it and using a coarse cheese grater add matchlight. One extra little trick is if you have gel stove starter rip a little hole in the bag and pour in a little gel. Good luck.... Dry coal is key!! PS get the flame going before you turn on the stove (a few seconds) otherwise sometimes the flame goes out.