I light a new fire each night and want it to be as little time consuming as possible. My routine is:
1. Clean out the ash of previous night, leave anything that can't fall through the grate after raking it.
2. Add cheapest charcoal in the spot where my LP gas fire starter flame will hit - this is to one side of the firebox. As little as required.
3. Fill up with antracite enough for the whole night - about 6-7 hours.
4. Poke a hole through to the grate at the spot where the charcoal is, to make sure there is a little pathway for fumes, else smoking / gas starter flame dies due to lack of O2 / lack of draft problems can occur.
5. In my 1 stove, heat up the flue with the gas to start draft. This stove has parts where the exhaust actually moves downwards, so a draft can't be assumed. After a minute or so you can see there is a draft.
6. Close all other doors and put gas flame under grate, under charcoal through the ash pan door.
7. After about 3-5 mins, turn off gas. At this time the charcoal starts coming to life more - I think the gas consumes all the oxygen and leaving gas on too long doesn't make it light any faster.
8. Close ash door, open air flow to max, leave it alone.
9. It takes at least an hour to get up to speed, and even longer before you feel it in the house, but I don't have to do anything else again for the whole evening except close the air flow when it gets up to speed.
You can see the "blue flame" part spread from the starting point outwards, behind it red glowing coals and in front of it yet-to-be-ignited coal. Later you can see the original spot dying while the late starters are doing the job. I don't open the front door again, and the top loading door only if I misjudged the original quantity and want to add mode coals, but by this time there are no flames anymore.