As above riggers are great, also good for thorns, nettles etc. Reasonably compact. I have welders Gauntlets and they are the absolute dogs for heat protection, use them lots when burning stuff in incinerator
Thanks folks. I'd pondered a pair of Jewsons specials but thought I'd check because the first time you'd find they didn't work was when handling something! Would a big builders merchants sell welders gloves?
I got some thin yellow gloves, I think have either Nomex and/or Kelvar woven in them, which are pretty good at holding hot things. Not sure of the ratings on them though and you still have to put things down as they will heat up a little after a while.
But the welding gloves are probably your best bet like the others have said.