My first rig was a quirky HW-101 with a mind of its own. I must have taken that rig apart at least ten times before I got the bugs out. I still have my old J-38 key as a momento of that time. Reaching California with a homebrew vertical and 50 or so watts was a quite a thrill. I wish I still had that old "hot water" 101. I keep an old, but totally functional Kenwood TS-520S as a momento of those novice days.
With the exception of the local 40 meter island net, I don't heat up the atmosphere too much. My work as a news director for nine radio stations keeps me busy, but I manage to keep the filaments warm on occaison.