Hello gkurtz, a propane torch is not hot enough to light Anthracite coal.[I've tried
]. A Mapp-gass torch is better. [an Oxy-Acetylene is best] . But all the suggestions above are good,, Matchlight BBQ charcoal broken into smaller pieces, basicly break the charcoal briquets into quarters.. wood kindling, coal mice, starter packs, etc...
One thing that hasn't been specificly mentioned.. you need to have the whole grate covered with coal.. you don't want to try to light a small fire on part of the grate,, you must cover all the grate and the air-holes with charcoal, pieces of wood kindling, crumpled+packed newspaper, or something.. the combustion fan must force air through the burning fire to raise the fire temperature high enough to get the Anthracite coal burning. Without the forced combustion air,, you will probably not get the coal burning..
Let us know what make, brand etc the stove/boiler is, don't worry about the coal being damp,, it doesn't effect the burning,, the water is only on the surface of the coal..
Hope this helps.. Greg L