Unless you are using quicklights, chances are you use your stove to light your coals (or a portable coil stove). Now if you smoke in your kitchen, transporting the hot coals from your stove to your bowl is not a big problem. I myself used to smoke in my kitchen from time to time because it made it easy when I needed to light up a new coal. Now that I live in an apartment with a very small kitchen, this is not very probable. This turned a small distance to travel into a long trek from the kitchen to the bedroom, down a narrow hallway narrowly avoiding the cats littlerbox each time I walked past. While I have never personally dropped a coal while transporting it, I have always worried that each time it is going to happen. Being on a budget though I did not want to spend $10-$20 on a charcoal holder for transportation, so I got creative. Last Christmas I was given a mini cast iron cookie skillet (which I never ended up using) that I thought would be perfect for this task. I dug it out from the cabinet and what do you know, it works perfectly. Now I no longer have to worry about dropping coals as I transport them through the apartment.
So my advice to all of you out there in a similar situation; innovate! Chances are you already have something around the house you can use for this task without having to spend any extra money.