Find a candle that is almost finished. Maybe one about an inch long or so. Fill the coalpot with coal, and place the little piece of candle deep down somewhere in the middle of the pile. Light the candle, and arrange two or three pieces of coal so that they surround and touch the flame without putting it out. That's it. The coals around the flame will get white hot and spread the fire to the others. No fanning necessary.
(OK - this is the easiest way to light a coalpot when you have no lighter fluid)