I put a wadded up piece of newspaper under the coal starter bag, lay a very small handfull of coal pieces on top, light the paper, plug the stove in and watch it burn for a few minutes and when the fireworks/sparks die down, put a small handfull of coal on top and it takes off from there!
I Started it the other day when it was supposed to get down to freezing, the nights are starting to get into the 40's. getting the first burn in and checking the new seals on the chimney pipe. seems good! We have heat! (Wife if Happy