FWIW, 17% wood is what we normally burn. It may get a bit drier in summer, but this is where it stabilizes in winter. Hard to keep it drier when the ambient humidity is 85% or higher in winter.
Tightly stacked like that would be good for a hot reload...I sure wouldn't want to be trying to do a cold start like that though...for a beginner I would advise a small log cabin style, with a few pieces for a "roof"...with kindlin and fire starter inside "the cabin"The trick with full loads is to tight pack the stove, not lincoln log style or criss-crossed. That allows too much air between the splits which can cause them to ignite quicker. Instead load the splits N/S or E/W fairly tightly with a V notch on top in which to start the top down fire. My preference is N/S, but I have never run a Roby stove. Once the top logs start to burn well (not all the wood) start turning down the air in increments, around 50% each time or until the flames get lazier. Then wait and repeat when the flames regain strength in 5-10 minutes. And repeat.