Like jamesb,I do both. I have a Tejas I start with gas,then it's splits;then there's my NB Red Ruver and the Bullet,I pre-burn in a burn barrel.
I have a UDS in the works that will be wood also...
will post as I go. But,Yes, and pre-heating on the firebox is a good idea also!
Have fun and,
Stan aka OldSchool