+1 -- Torch works great...I'm in the same boat this year and I decided to go with the hand held torch method. After I serviced the stove last week, I tried it and was very impressed by how fast it works. No more checking the stove every few minutes to see if the pellets lit yet.
I might try doing it this way, Thanks90% ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL is the best and cheapest way to start your pellet stove. Take a handful of pellets put it in a small plastic cup, pour some alcohol into the cup to coat the pellets wait about a minute then pour the pellets into the burn pot, light it and you are done.
I have been using this method for 2 years with no complaints.
This was posted by someone elseI might try doing it this way, Thanks