Making a deck rail - timber advice

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13 Oct 2014
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Bury St Edmunds
I'm planning to build a custom deck rail for myself. It will consist of a base rail, a top rail a 10cm space and then an oak handrail to top it off. Between the top rail and base rail will be a panel of welded wire sandwiched between 2 verticals to form a frame (verticals, top rail, base rail).

While I'd love to make the whole thing from oak I have 8 x 1.5m sections to make and having 4x2 or 3x2 sections of oak milled if pricey. So I've settled on staining everything except the oak handrail and having a wood on paint look.

My question is what timber should I use? Treated C24 is most readily available but staining fresh unweather treated pine often doesn't go well and I really need to stain it before putting it together.

Would untreated Douglas fir under Owatrol solid colour stain hold up? Untreated Larch might be another option. Any thoughts or other suggestions?