Obviously there are many ways to start a wood burner but it’s not always easy. Stoves are different too, I burn one all winter at home that heats our 1800 square foot home but I use another stove at a hunting cabin that never works real well for me.
With my stove it took many years to figure out the best way to start it, when my in-laws saw me do it they thought I was crazy at first because the first wood I put in were big pieces and then twigs.
What ends up happening is with the big pieces on either side it creates a nest to build up heat in the middle.
After the twigs burn a bigger piece can be put on the twig pile but it’s supported by the pieces on the left and right so the coals aren’t crushed and air flow still happens. After the third big piece catches fire your good and more can be piled on.
Works every time.