I found a set of tongs for less than $10 at my True Value hardware store. They pack nicely in the trailer junk cubby.
Now, I know fire-poking sticks are a sacred thing for some people. They carry their sticks from campsite to campsite, year to year. Perhaps some of you rugged individuals pooh pooh such a luxury. But I am
running a trailer called Castle Pretentious after all. So I'm just laying this out there for those who might be interested. It's a cheap extra.
Fireplace Tong Scissors
I've been known to smoke a cheap cigar from time to time and as I wander my campsite polluting the fresh air and considering the world's problems, I often use these as a trash pick up device (usually cigarette butts) to "police" the area.
Sometimes it's even used to rearrange the logs on the fire!