I bought an Adirondack Drolet wood stove almost exactly a year ago. I am happy with wood stove overall. When I have seasoned dry oak, I can have the house warm in an hour or two. Sometimes it isn't available. fThere are always things that are different than just setting the super expensive thermostat for the propane furnace. It can be somewhat inconvenient. If you have wood that isn't quite dry, and where we live what is, you sometimes have a hard time getting a good bed of coals.
I always use a small propane torch to get things started. Sometimes the wood just won't light. Kindling is the first solution but sometimes that just isn't available. I have found a couple of solutions for that. One is a compressed log sold locally at Resale Lumber. These are $1.20 ea. and three make a nice hot fire. One will get wet wood going and burn for up to 12 hours. If you can't get these super compressed logs from Resale Lumber ( the three pack version sold in stores offer nowhere near the heat or length of heat) there is another simple solution that I have discovered.
Place the best and driest wood you have over 4 or 5 Bridgeford charcoals. the same ones you use in the summer for burgers and tofu.
Put the coals under the wood and set the torch to the coals. The coals will light and create enough heat to light most wood. This works better and is much cheaper than fire starters sold to do the same thing for about 2 bucks a piece. If you need more heat, ad a few more briquettes from the bag. Fire starters and chemical logs have a terrible smell when they come out of the chimney and they aren't good for your stove. Charcoal smells more like a bbq before you put the food on it.
Save money and keep warm. If anyone knows why this a bad idea, please straighten me out.