Smokeless Wood Pellet Fire Pit with Ash Pan

How does one light this? I have a pellet stove, and it was very difficult to light when the built-in igniter was broken

I have a similar pit (from woot) but shorter 2" legs.
I used pieces of small fire starter sticks or a propane torch from WM camping section. Be sure to start multiple fires so when it grows and burns it burns uniformly otherwise I’ve seen it burn from one side to the other.
And have a way to feed the new pellets when the fire dies down. Dumping pellets from a high stance will just kick up bits of ash.