I would at least use a perforated diffuser to cut down on the intensity of the radiant heat. This way you'll still get some direct heat if that's what you want. Doesn't hurt to experiment. :)
Having said that I would used it as intended but with a dry bowl, plus a few minor mods.
....UDS....Mini-WSM....Midi-WSM....Mod-ECB....22.5-OTG....34"wood fired pizza oven....