Watching a friend start a fireplace fire with a propane torch years ago, I started lighting my wood stove the same way. One of those handheld torches with an auto-on trigger. Is there some reason this is a bad idea ? I assume the gas in the bottle has no impurities that would poison the catalyst. Of course, I'm careful not to let the hot flame touch any parts of the stove itself, especially glass. It gets the fire going a lot quicker, and saves on kindling and newspaper.