I like to have a few splits of oak in front of my fireplace insert (approx.1 1/2 ft.away) to get it a bit dryer before tossing it in. There was an awesome spiced aroma in the room which I found coming from a split of oak. I am trying to identify that species. Any idea. It's definitely not red oak. Somewhat thin bark, approx. 1/16 - 1/8" thick. Maybe Pin or White?