Re: Portable Stove
what you need is to develop hands and nerves of steel. i balance one coal on top of the other, grab to bottom one with the tongs and carry them wherever the hookah is currently. that's generally between 15 and 40 feet and may or may not involve going up or down stairs. i cup my other hand under the coals just in case i drop one (i have never burnt myself this way, but i have caught a coal and juggled it the rest of the way to the hookah). not an overall pleasant experience, but a good balance exercise.
also, just look around... i have a small folding coleman propane grill that i've used to light coals outside... found it on the curb, someone was just throwing it away, no damage, no rust, nothing. "one man's trash..."