Hi Michele, You can use either vegetable oil in a liquid or spray form, e.g., Pam. To start a fire, it typically takes about 10 balls of newspaper with oil. It's better to error on the side of too many paper balls because if the fire doesn't light, the process needs to repeated. Using more will ensure the wood lights.
Lets invite the local bears for a treat!
Here's a link with instructions:
I stuff empty toilet paper rolls with dryer lint to start mine.
Here's a post that might help - https://www.instructables.com/id/Emergency-Campfire-Starter/
This link might help you out: