Re: lighting coconaras
They light better on a surface that gets hot. Flames, in my experience (gas stove), take much longer because the heat isn't distributed enough. If you have an old small skillet or something like that, on the electric stove it might be better, though not sure how long it will take. Generally, I set the coals on the burner and leave them be, then go pack the bowl and all that, and come back to them and turn them over til they are completely red.