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1) Sounds like you may have a smoking issue. Find the cause of the smoke and it should resolve the blackness issue. 2) Is everything clean? if not clean grill and if you have cover over burner under grill clean that as well.
I've got the same grill and was having the same problem - yellow flames coming out the front vents above the knobs. I removed the four burner tubes and they were full of soot and ash. The tubes were still in good condition so I simply knocked them with a screwdriver and a ton of black soot/ash came out. All the screws that hold them in place were so corroded they were falling apart so I had to drill them out. I cleaned everything up, put it back together with new screws and it works perfectly - nice blue flames!
Change your gas regulator and connecting kit if it is more than a year old and living outside. The other possibility is, that if the unit is older, the burner holes have rotted out and become too large. Most grills have replacement burners readily available. Deal with the problem in the order I have presented the solutions and it should be just fine.
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Most Charbroils use an inverted V over the burners. The hot juices and fats drip onto them to make a charcoal type taste. Unless the unit came with bricketts, they're not needed. My unit doesn't have them.