I use Fat Wood. I've been using it for years in my wood burning stove. It's natural and pretty inexpensive. A 5 lb box will last me for 3 seasons of heating. It is pine from thes stumps of dead standing pines (I don't know what variety). The sap settles in the stump. They smell like pine sol or turpentine The box says to use 2 sticks, but I split them up into 4 pieces and only use what I need. They are small light and repel moisture due to all the sap.
Anyone tried the top down method? I read this at woodheat.org
you put the larger pieces at the bottom and smaller pieces as you stack up the wood. Then just 1 piece of cruppled up newspaper at the top. If you do it right the fire starts nice and even with very little smoke. Take it as a challenge if you have dry wood and have fun with it.
Starting the fire is half the fun! Enjoy the challenge of starting it any way you can.